John F. Kennedy

1917 - 1963

A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on ability, achievement, america, defense, expectation, power, rhetoric, superiority, truth, war, and world

The so-called "missile gap", a mainstay of Cold War rhetoric, was cited by the Kennedy campaign to justify its proposed increases in defense spending. Once in power, the Kennedy Administration proved less eager to publicize the embarrassing truth, that the United States had always been in a position of nuclear superiority. In short, the deterrent ratio might well shift to the Soviets so heavily, during the years of the [missile] gap, as to open to them a shortcut to world domination. . . . In the years of the gap, the Soviets may be expected to use their superior striking ability to achieve their objective in many ways which may not require launching an actual attack. Their missile power will be the shield from behind which they will slowly, but surely, advance. . . .

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: speaking before the Senate, August 14, 1958

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on excellence and happiness

Definition of happiness: The full use of your powers along lines of excellence.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: a review

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on excellence, happiness, and life

Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on certainty, cities, defeat, politics, and spirit

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on illusions

I am an idealist without illusions.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on death, ideas, life, and nations

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on learning and liberty

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on courage, direction, effort, and purpose

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on opportunity and talent

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on enemies, forgiveness, and names

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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